2021 History Walks (May-September)
OHC is delighted to announce its 2021 History Walk schedule!
This year, OHC will be mixing things up with a uniquely-themed history walk each month, May-September.
All history walks will be scheduled on Saturdays at 11:00am, unless noted otherwise.
Please note that because history walks take place outdoors, with little or no indoor stops, they may be canceled if there is inclement weather at the tour start time. History walks start at various locations around town, so please check our website or ask for more details when you register. Masks will be required for visitors and tour guides.
Advance registration is required and there is limited capacity for each tour. No walk-ons will be accepted. Participants can register online or by calling 440-774-1700. Adults: $6; children/students/members: Free.
Please keep an eye on our website as additional history walks are scheduled throughout the season.
May - Architecture (in honor of Historic Preservation Month)
Find out how the landscape, college campus, and town developed over its 180+ years on this 60-minute walking tour of Oberlin. Learn which architectural styles prevailed, which were criticized by the community, and how several renowned architects came to work in Oberlin.
June - Freedom's Friends: Abolition and the Underground Railroad (in honor of Juneteenth)
Hear stories about Oberlin’s most famous freedom seekers and people known to have helped them make their way to freedom.
July - Civil War to Civil Rights
This tour highlights historic events that reveal both Oberlin's progress and setbacks in race relations dating from early Oberlin all the way up to the 21st Century. Learn how Oberlin was a leader in abolition, participating heavily in events such as the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, the Raid on Harpers Ferry, and the American Civil War, but also struggled with its own issues of equality and racism during these early years and later through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, and today.
August - One Step More: Oberlin Women's History (in honor of Women's Equality Day)
In 1834, John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to “the elevation of female character” through education. Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches. Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women including Lucy Stone, Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day, and learn how they used Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States.
September - Radicals and Reformers (Westwood Cemetery)
This guided tour promises a pleasing balance of Westwood's scenic landmarks and stories of some of the many spirited men and women of Oberlin who simply refused the status quo. Find out which resident was remembered as "gentle, soft-spoken, tolerant and yet nobody's fool." Visit the headstone of the man who escaped from slavery (twice!) and later served on the Oberlin village council.